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Incumbent Nelson faces Harris challenge in Senate race
Mercury News ^ | Nov. 07, 2006 | MITCH STACY

Posted on 11/07/2006 5:14:37 AM PST by NautiNurse

TAMPA, Fla. - Katherine Harris has insisted all along that she could unseat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson if she could energize the state's strong Republican base. She'll learn Tuesday night how successful that effort has been.

Voters heading to the polls Tuesday had a clear choice between Harris, the conservative congresswoman who made her name overseeing Florida's recount in the disputed 2000 election, and Nelson, the staid, centrist Democratic senator who's been spent more than three decades in public office.

Harris had her work cut out for her. Nelson has led the Longboat Key congresswoman by as much as 30 percentage points in recent polls, and political experts doubt she was able to close the gap in the waning days of the campaign, despite reasonably solid performances in two debates.

Lack of money has kept her from running statewide TV ads since the September primary, in which she beat three political newcomers. She has focused her campaign efforts on Republican groups and public events, but wasn't allowed to sit on stage Monday as President Bush spoke at a Pensacola campaign rally.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: dumpbush; florida; katherineharris; nomorebushes
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1 posted on 11/07/2006 5:14:38 AM PST by NautiNurse
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To: NautiNurse

I hope Katherine Harris wins!


2 posted on 11/07/2006 5:17:59 AM PST by Ken522
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To: Joe Brower; JulieRNR21; MinuteGal; tiredoflaundry
This morning I rose before the sun was up
and planted Katherine Harris for Senate signs
at my voting precinct.



3 posted on 11/07/2006 5:18:49 AM PST by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: Ken522
Harris certainly has my vote over that liberal who showed signs and symptoms of dementia during the debates.


4 posted on 11/07/2006 5:23:05 AM PST by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: NautiNurse
"wasn't allowed to sit on stage Monday as President Bush spoke at a Pensacola campaign rally."

Why?

Crist, I heard, snubbed the President yesterday and didn't show.
5 posted on 11/07/2006 5:23:30 AM PST by Humal
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To: Humal
Don't know, and at this point it doesn't matter except that Terry McAwful is making fodder of it this morning.

Call your elderly and/or infirm neighbors and offer to drive them to the polls today.

6 posted on 11/07/2006 5:27:00 AM PST by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: NautiNurse

LOL. That's funny. Nelson does have a rather alien look to him, lol. Seriously, 30 years is long enough. I really hope Harris wins today, but unfortunately, elections are usually won by the candidate with the most money.


7 posted on 11/07/2006 5:27:28 AM PST by khnyny (God Bless the Republic for which it stands)
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To: NautiNurse

I just saw goofy Terry predict a six seat win in the Senate and 40 seats in the house. All these years and he still has'nt been able to kick his drug habit. ;^)


8 posted on 11/07/2006 5:29:09 AM PST by linn37 (Love your Phlebotomist)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
Florida Freeper


9 posted on 11/07/2006 5:29:18 AM PST by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism. *NRA*)
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To: Humal

There must be something nobody wants to talk about. I don't understand it otherwise. Seems we owe her. She got my vote today.


10 posted on 11/07/2006 5:30:39 AM PST by prov1813man
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To: khnyny

With tremendous grass roots support, a candidate can beat an empty suit.


11 posted on 11/07/2006 5:31:22 AM PST by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: Humal

Local TV stated that Harris arrived at Bush's Campaign stop and ASKED to be allowed to be on stage with Bush and the Rest of those Republicans campaigning for office. SOMEONE in charge told her NO. So she sat in the Audience. TV Clips show Bush asking the crowd to "Vote for Katherine Harris", then the Camera panned to her sitting in the Crowd. I thought it was SHAMEFUL and The president and JEB should be ashamed of themselves for treating this lady so shabbily. It certainly made them look SMALL in my book. What could have it hurt to allow her to STAND on Stage? I voted for her!


12 posted on 11/07/2006 5:33:22 AM PST by grannylinedancer
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To: NautiNurse

Voted this am for Harris and my wife is doing the same.


13 posted on 11/07/2006 5:36:17 AM PST by subterfuge (Tolerance has become the greatest virtue, and hypocrisy the worst character defect.)
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To: Humal

"Crist, I heard, snubbed the President yesterday and didn't show."

Local news last night had this explanation: Pensacola is heavily Republican and Crist had already been there, and had too many other cities to visit yesterday, so . . .


14 posted on 11/07/2006 5:39:40 AM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: NautiNurse

[With tremendous grass roots support, a candidate can beat an empty suit.]

I certainly hope so! I'm not too thrilled with the way the Republican party has treated Harris. That being said, that in no way makes me not want to vote Republican, as the Democrats have nothing to offer.


15 posted on 11/07/2006 5:41:56 AM PST by khnyny (God Bless the Republic for which it stands)
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To: Humal
Crist's people had said late last week that he would not be there for the rally. He said he felt it would do more for his candidacy if he continued to work the area in SE Florida. Might be just an excuse, but on the surface it makes sense. At least our excuses have some basis in fact, unlike the BS Kerry and his side come up with!

I don't see how Crist on the stage with the President would change anyone's vote, but I can certainly see how having a chance to hear him speak in person could change a vote.

Of course the Lefties/MSM would much prefer to have voters believe that Crist's failure to appear with the President is evidence of how badly the President is failing in the eyes of even his own party. There has been so much spin this election cycle I'm surprised that Earth can maintain its orbit around the sun!
16 posted on 11/07/2006 5:47:19 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: subterfuge
Voted this am for Harris and my wife is doing the same.

Good news! Please encourage your conservative co-workers, neighbors, family and friends to vote today. Offer to take them to the precinct if necessary!

17 posted on 11/07/2006 5:48:14 AM PST by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: NautiNurse

Just voted for Katherine Harris. It was busy here in Miami-Dade County. I voted at 7am and there must have been about 60 people already in front of me voting. Busy day. But prayed really hard this morning.


18 posted on 11/07/2006 5:53:46 AM PST by rep-always
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To: rep-always
Thanks for checking in and giving a local precinct update.


19 posted on 11/07/2006 5:58:04 AM PST by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: Humal

>>"wasn't allowed to sit on stage Monday as President Bush spoke at a Pensacola campaign rally."

Why?

Crist, I heard, snubbed the President yesterday and didn't show.<<

Yep, Crist chose to skip appearing with the governor and President while Harris showed up for a photo op and wasn't allowed on the stage according to the morning news show on CW network.

They may be slightly biased since three different times the refferred to Crist as "the soon to be gay governor of Florida although he denies it."


20 posted on 11/07/2006 6:01:26 AM PST by gondramB (It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.)
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To: gondramB

They also said Crist showed up on stage later in the day with McCain.


21 posted on 11/07/2006 6:02:20 AM PST by gondramB (It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.)
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To: jwparkerjr

"Crist's people had said late last week that he would not be there for the rally"....well, obviously they didn't let Karl Rove in on it. He was on TV, at the AIRPORT, and he was visibly P.O.d. When he heard their explanation he said "well, we'll see how many people he has show up on 24 hour notice vs 8,000 to 9,000 who will be HERE today to hear the President speak! I am SURE he didn't know Crist was NOT going to be there! I voted for Crist (not in the Primary), but I DON'T like the guy!! This just made me more confident that I pegged him right!


22 posted on 11/07/2006 6:03:47 AM PST by grannylinedancer
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To: gondramB
Harris showed up for a photo op and wasn't allowed on the stage according to the morning news show

It's not about where you sit, it's about where you stand on the issues.

Vote Katherine Harris!

23 posted on 11/07/2006 6:18:25 AM PST by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: gondramB

Katherine Harris must have done something to really PO the Bush brothers. I voted for her several days ago by absentee ballot. Her conservative outlook is practically identical to my own. The Republican Party is too liberal, and that's why I'm switching to Independent.

We need a new party, the Reagan Party.


24 posted on 11/07/2006 6:21:24 AM PST by pleikumud
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To: pleikumud

Through this entire election season, Katherine Harris has never spoken a negative word about the party that threw her under the train.


25 posted on 11/07/2006 6:23:53 AM PST by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: grannylinedancer

"I voted for her!"

I did too, and I agree with you, it is SHAMEFUL that the Republicans have treated her this way. I heard this morning that she hasn't had advertising because of lack of money. Why didn't the Republican Committee fork over some of those dollars I've been sending to them for years??


26 posted on 11/07/2006 6:24:11 AM PST by Humal
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To: NautiNurse

I've talked to my friends and relatives. Anecdotely, regarding Harris, the press in FL has really gotten to the moms. My mother, a dem voting for several Republicans and my niece, who is a Republican and about 24 years old are both voting for Nelson----simply because they "don't like" Harris. I thanked them both for helping to make Pelosi third in line to the Presidency.


27 posted on 11/07/2006 6:24:18 AM PST by subterfuge (Tolerance has become the greatest virtue, and hypocrisy the worst character defect.)
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To: NautiNurse

I heard she's planning a "tell all" book. Not sure if that's true.


28 posted on 11/07/2006 6:25:38 AM PST by pleikumud
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To: prov1813man

The only thing I can think of is they wanted her to stay where she was and keep a Republican seat in the House. I haven't heard if her old seat is going Republican or Democrat.


29 posted on 11/07/2006 6:27:16 AM PST by Humal
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To: gondramB

"They may be slightly biased since three different times the refferred to Crist as "the soon to be gay governor of Florida although he denies it."

I hadn't heard this, but I did hear Jeb blast a reporter when he asked Crist if he was gay.


30 posted on 11/07/2006 6:29:22 AM PST by Humal
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To: Joe Brower

As promised, I voted for her.


31 posted on 11/07/2006 7:26:30 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: Joe Brower

As promised, I voted for her.


32 posted on 11/07/2006 7:26:30 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: Joe Brower

As promised, I voted for her.


33 posted on 11/07/2006 7:26:30 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: Joe Brower

As promised, I voted for her.


34 posted on 11/07/2006 7:26:31 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: Joe Brower

As promised, I voted for her.


35 posted on 11/07/2006 7:26:31 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: Joe Brower

As promised, I voted for her.


36 posted on 11/07/2006 7:26:31 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: poobear

Six times?


37 posted on 11/07/2006 7:28:03 AM PST by neutrality
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To: grannylinedancer
re: but I DON'T like the guy

I have been at several of his events and he reminds me too much of something from "The Stepford Wives!" Just to automatronish (spell checker will love that one!) for my liking. I didn't see any of the Rove appearance at the airport. I'll be he was PO'd. I remember hearing last Thursday night that Crist would not be in Pensacola with the President.
38 posted on 11/07/2006 7:41:50 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: neutrality

WOW, A RARE SIX!!! CAN SHE SPEAK?


39 posted on 11/07/2006 7:43:14 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: poobear
As promised, I voted for her.
As promised, I voted for her.
As promised, I voted for her.
As promised, I voted for her.
As promised, I voted for her.
As promised, I voted for her.

LOL! The 'Rats are going to have a field day with this info.

40 posted on 11/07/2006 7:55:56 AM PST by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: NautiNurse

Did you like that?


41 posted on 11/07/2006 8:22:05 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: NautiNurse

Did you like that?


42 posted on 11/07/2006 8:22:09 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: NautiNurse

Did you like that?


43 posted on 11/07/2006 8:22:09 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: NautiNurse

Did you like that?


44 posted on 11/07/2006 8:22:09 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: NautiNurse

Did you like that?


45 posted on 11/07/2006 8:22:09 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: NautiNurse

Did you like that?


46 posted on 11/07/2006 8:22:09 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: NautiNurse

TODAY'S PRAYER:

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and priviliges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

A very special prayer today for Katrine Harris, JulieRNR21 and Richard is hereby delivered!!!


47 posted on 11/07/2006 8:36:13 AM PST by danamco
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To: jwparkerjr
Just to automatronish (spell checker will love that one!) for my liking.

Hmmm. Is anyone missing from the "Hall of Presidents" in Orlando Mouseland?

48 posted on 11/07/2006 9:04:56 AM PST by LexBaird (98% satisfaction guaranteed. There's just no pleasing some people.)
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To: NautiNurse

I just voted for Katherine...I held my nose and voted for Crist....I got a little hassle...We just changed our voting precent yesterday....Just moved into our new location as a result of being flooded out of the old rv park.....Lady tried to give me a hassle over the new address...I was at the right place but one of the other folks there stepped in and stopped the nonsense......Wes


49 posted on 11/07/2006 9:34:19 AM PST by RNO1 (POW's Never Ever Have A Good Day)
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To: danamco

A beautiful and appropriate prayer. Thanks, FRiend.


50 posted on 11/07/2006 10:18:59 AM PST by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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